Question: Can a Maryland DUI/DWI charge affect my right to vote, carry a weapon, or other rights?
Answer: In Maryland, a DUI offense is not a felony. It’s a misdemeanor, and it’s actually classified under the code as a traffic offense, really, although it’s criminal in that it can carry jail time. So, interestingly, in Maryland, a DUI is not going to affect one’s ability to carry a weapon, because unlike all the other states, or the majority of the other states in the Union, you’re not carrying a weapon in this state. Maryland has seen fit, for whatever reason, to deny one’s second amendment right to carry a weapon, so we are much different than a Utah or a Texas or someplace that recognizes one’s right to carry a firearm and to protect oneself.
We can’t do that here. So, in our state, only the bad people carry weapons and that’s all there is to it. So, no, a DUI is not going to affect that. If that were to ever change, it certainly, a DUI is not going to help the situation at all, but if it’s far enough away in the past, it may not hinder it. But, I doubt that’s something that one has to worry about in our fine state of Maryland. Conversely, the right to vote, no. It’s not going to affect somebody’s ability to right to vote because again, it’s a misdemeanor; it’s not a felony. So, it’s not going to impact those types of rights at all.